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Militants leave Iraqi university

Published 07/06/2014 | 10:27

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Militants who stormed a university in Iraq's Anbar province and took students hostages have withdrawn

Militants who stormed a university in Iraq's restive Anbar province and took students hostages have withdrawn.

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The attack took place early on Saturday morning at Anbar University near the provincial capital Ramadi.

After seizing dozens of students, police and military officials say the gunmen later withdrew.

They say the students boarded buses to leave and gunfire erupted between the gunmen and security forces.

Iraq is currently grappling with its worst surge in violence since the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 and 2007, when the country was pushed to the brink of civil war despite the presence of tens of thousands of US troops.

Parts of Ramadi have been held by militants and gunmen for months.

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